White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Sunday there is a special place in hell for "bad faith" leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader who engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab them in the back on the way out the door, and that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference," Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday."
The attack on Trudeau came after Trump met with other world leaders at the G7 (Group of Seven) summit in Canada. Trade was one of the timely issues discussed at the summit. Trump has frequently bashed what he calls unfair trade deals countries have with the United States, and he has threatened to raise tariffs on European allies like France and Germany. As Trump was leaving the summit on Saturday, Trudeau gave a press conference where he said Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" in response to the Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
Trump responded to Trudeau on Twitter.
"Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" Trump tweeted.
He went on to call the prime minister's actions "meek and mild."
"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he ‘will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" Trump tweeted.
Navarro reiterated Trump's sentiment that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest."
"That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One," Navarro said. "I will tell you this, to my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history."
"President Trump did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec … he did him a favor, and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique." Navarro said in reference to the G7 leaders coming to a rare public agreement in the form of a signed communique. "And what did Trudeau do? As soon as [Trump's] plane took off from Canadian airspace, Trudeau stuck our president in the back."
Navarro added Canada was getting ready to attack our political system by raising protection barriers on products like maple syrup.
Fox News host Chris Wallace asked if Navarro's strong language came from the president.
"They are my words, but they are the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that," Navarro said. "This was just wrong, what Trudeau is doing. The Canadians are totally bungling our trade relationships and its due to their leadership."